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Pure Appl. Chem., 2012, Vol. 84, No. 6, pp. 1329-1339

Published online 2011-10-02

gem-Dibromocyclopropanes and enzymatically derived cis-1,2-dihydrocatechols as building blocks in alkaloid synthesis

Martin G. Banwell*, Nadia Yuqian Gao, Xinghua Ma, Laurent Petit, Lorenzo V. White, Brett D. Schwartz, Anthony C. Willis and Ian A. Cade

Research School of Chemistry, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia

Abstract: The application of the title building blocks, the 6,6-dibromobicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes and the cis-1,2-dihydrocatechols, to the total synthesis of crinine and lycorinine alkaloids is described.